House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has formally launched an impeachment inquiry against President Joe Biden, and if all goes well, Biden could technically become the first president to ever be removed from office.
Of course, that’s a long shot, particularly with the current Senate makeup. But still, it’s a possibility. The more likely result is that the president will be impeached in the GOP-dominated House but acquitted in the Democrat-dominated Senate.
I am directing our House committees to open a formal impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden. Over the past several months, House Republicans have uncovered serious and credible allegations into President Biden’s conduct—a culture of corruption. https://t.co/3uoDlUB3Sy
— Kevin McCarthy (@SpeakerMcCarthy) September 12, 2023
That said, this impeachment inquiry begs the question — what exactly is an impeachment inquiry.
According to the Associated Press, it’s “an investigation of possible wrongdoing by a federal official, such as the president of the United States, Cabinet officials or judges.” It’s a process that’s outlined in the Constitution and reportedly meant to serve as the top check that Congress has on the executive branch.
Impeachment is also a two-set process — with impeachment occurring in the House, and the actual trial (and conviction or acquittal) occurring in the Senate.
“To date, no president has ever been forced from the White House through impeachment. But former Republican President Richard Nixon resigned in 1974 as the House was preparing to take a vote on impeachment articles against him,” the AP notes.
Regarding Biden’s impeachment, it comes after months of investigations by the House Oversight, Judiciary, and Ways & Means committees. The primary allegation is that the president profited off of his youngest son Hunter’s shady business dealings overseas.
The investigations have shown, among other things, that in his former role as vice president, Biden repeatedly met with Hunter’s shady business partners. He also took Hunter with him on two Air Force Two trips.
With an impeachment inquiry now started, the aforementioned committees will finally be able to hold formal hearings and call witnesses to the stand, including potentially even the president and his son.
— BizPac Review (@BIZPACReview) August 15, 2023
What happens next? It depends. The AP notes that if Republicans conclude that there’s enough evidence to move forward, the Judiciary Committee will file articles of impeachment that’ll have to then be voted out of committee and then voted for on the House floor.
The charges would then be transferred to the Senate, which would be required to hold a trial and either acquit or convict the president.
“The trial is similar to what’s seen in the legal system, with the senators acting as jurors and select House members acting as prosecutors, or impeachment managers,” according to the AP.
“The chief justice of the Supreme Court presides over that process. If the Senate approves an article of impeachment with a two-thirds vote of “guilty,” the president is convicted and removed from office. If all the articles are rejected, the president is acquitted,” the AP notes.
The only other factor to consider is the media, which will be in charge of relaying the inquiry’s findings to the public. The problem is that virtually the entire media is based in favor of the Democrat Party and this particular president — and the White House knows this.
In fact, the White House is so confident in the media’s sycophancy it submitted a letter this week to top newspapers and networks demanding they call out the GOP’s alleged impeachment “lies.”
— Larry Stevens (@AARealtyBoise) September 13, 2023
“It’s time for the media to ramp up its scrutiny of House Republicans for opening an impeachment inquiry based on lies,” White House Counsel’s Office spokesperson Ian Sams said in the letter.
He added that the inquiry should “set off alarm bells for news organizations.”
“Covering impeachment as a process story – Republicans say X, but the White House says Y – is a disservice to the American public who relies on the independent press to hold those in power accountable,” he wrote.
“And in the modern media environment, where every day liars and hucksters peddle disinformation and lies everywhere from Facebook to Fox, process stories that fail to unpack the illegitimacy of the claims on which House Republicans are basing all their actions only serve to generate confusion, put false premises in people’s feeds, and obscure the truth,” he added.
The media have already rushed to follow orders. As an example, the AP claims Republicans are only impeaching Biden because of “mounting pressure from former President Donald Trump.”
The AP also falsely reports that Republicans “have aggressively investigated Biden and his son, claiming without evidence that they engaged in an influence-peddling scheme.”
There is, in fact, evidence. It’s just that the media refuses to consider any of it …
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